Best budget Bluetooth speakers 2018: portable, desktop and multi-room

There's something for everyone, including a couple of smart speakers with voice control, rugged options to take on your travels and a more refined offering more suited to home use. Whether you want full-on portability or have multi-room on your mind this list has a Bluetooth speaker for all situations.

MORE: see all our Bluetooth speaker reviews

Under £50

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen)

The most enticing way to bring Alexa into your home

SPECIFICATIONS

Voice assistant: Alexa | Connectivity: Bluetooth, wi-fi | Output: 3.5mm

Reasons to Buy
Clear, solid sound
Improved Alexa capabilities
Budget price
Reasons to Avoid
Alexa intelligence is limited

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If you like the idea of a smart assistant combined with a simple music speaker, it’s hard to argue against the Amazon Echo Dot. For not a lot of money you get a whole load of smart voice functionality and decent sound with the latest (third generation) model.

It works well on its own or can be nicely integrated into myriad other smart home and AV products, bringing voice control and smart features just a command away. Sound quality has improved notably too, making it even easier to recommend.

Under £70

Ultimate Ears Roll 2

A compact, portable speaker that sounds great and is fun to use

SPECIFICATIONS

Waterproof: IPX7 | Bluetooth: Yes | Input: 3.5mm | Battery life: : 9 hours

Reasons to Buy
Clear and detailed
Fluid dynamics and open sound
Great design and easy to use
Reasons to Avoid
Pricier rivals offer greater bass weight

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Improved sound and a price cut make this ultra-portable, colourful speaker even more desirable than before - and that's why it's one of our 2018 Award winners.

If you’re after a compact, portable speaker that sounds great and is genuinely fun to use, we can’t recommend the Roll 2 highly enough.

Under £100

Amazon Echo 2

Cheaper, smarter and better at listening than its predecessor

SPECIFICATIONS

Voice control: Alexa | Finishes: six | Connectivity: Bluetooth and wi-fi

Reasons to Buy
Alexa voice control
Improved hearing commands
Smart design
Reasons to Avoid
Average sound quality

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Everything from the price to the microphone performance has improved in this, the second generation of Amazon's Echo speaker - although if you want better sound quality you'll need to look at the pricier Amazon Echo Plus (£140).

Provided you don’t expect more for your £90 - and considering there isn’t an alternative for the money - the Echo 2 remains a good smart speaker buy. 

Under £150

Ultimate Ears Blast

The Blast is all-action in terms of both sound and durability

SPECIFICATIONS

Bluetooth: Yes | Voice control: Alexa | Battery life: 12 hours | Waterproof: Yes

Reasons to Buy
Great portable design
Exciting, dynamic sound
Easy to use
Reasons to Avoid
Top end can get excitable at loud volumes
Alexa features not exhaustive
Relatively pricey

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Ultimate Ears has a knack for finding the right combination of sound, design and features in its portable Bluetooth speakers, and it does so again with the Blast.

The Blast’s energetic performance and fun design makes this wireless speaker a joy to use. It’s a fun, exciting speaker that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Under £200

Audio Pro Addon T5

A mature and refined-sounding Bluetooth speaker with multi-room credentials

SPECIFICATIONS

Bluetooth: Yes | Inputs: USB, 3.5mm | Multi-room: Yes

Reasons to Buy
Great dynamism
Clear and transparent
Good sense of timing
Reasons to Avoid
Lack of portability

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If you're in the market for a stationary wireless speaker that can develop into a multi-room audio system, the T5 is a great place to start. It's a beefed-up version of the Audio Pro T3 - however, unlike the smaller model, the T5 doesn’t have an in-built battery, so this isn’t a speaker to be taking out and about with you.

Assuming you can live with that, the T5 has the same great character of the T3 – an expressive, well balanced, and full sound – but with more weight in the lower frequencies. You’ll be hard pressed to get something much better without dipping a lot deeper into your piggy bank.